Volume 3, Issue 2: August 31. 2019
Welcome to The Mt. Lion Roar where you can read about some of the things happening in the Altoona Area School District. With nearly 8,000 students, AASD is the area's top choice for Academics, Arts and Athletics.
AASD Adult Education Volunteer Spotlight
Connie Letscher had been tutoring in the AASD Adult Education Program for almost six years when she invited her husband, John, to join her at a Professional Development training. John and Connie have been tutoring ever since.

Together John and Connie logged 502 hours of tutoring in the 2018-2019 fiscal year.
ALOHA from Juniata Elementary
Juniata Elementary staff is so excited for another fun-filled year of learning
with Juniata students!
Local Businesses Donate School Supplies
Reliance Bank
Reliance Bank employees collected hundreds of items from backpacks to crayons for The STEAM Learning Center at Penn-Lincoln students. Reliance Bank employees presented their donations to students on Wednesday, August 28 th .
Saleme Insurance
Saleme Insurance sponsored a school supply drive for Altoona Area School District with the opportunity to win 4 Curve tickets and a parking pass.

The response from folks was impressive. Representatives from Saleme Insurance presented Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Mrs. Patty Burlingame with the supplies.
A special thank you to our friends at Verizon who also generously collected school supplies that were shared with our elementary kiddos.
Rachel Joy Scott was the first casualty at the Columbine High School shooting on April 20, 1999,. She left behind a legacy of kindness and compassion that lives on through Rachel's Challenge.

This is the second year,, students and staff at Altoona Area Jr. High School and Altoona Area High School are taking the Rachel's Challenge. Friends of Rachel Clubs will continue to promote initiatives that make our schools a great place to be.

You are invited to hear the story of Rachel Joy Scott and learn about her dream to change the world and how that dream has come to impact thousands of people.

This free event will be held Wednesday, September 4 at 7:00 PM in the AAJHS Auditorium.
AAHS Horseshoe Yearbook 2020 on Sale Now!
What's better than 20/20 vision? 20/10. That's $20 of free personalizations and $10 off the retail price of the book for a total value of $30.

Go to jostens.com and enter Altoona Area High School, PA to purchase. The sale ends September 20th.

Yearbook Senior Picture Information
Senior photos for the yearbook are due by Friday, January 17, 2020. Don't miss out on your photo being included in this year's book. Provine Studios will take all senior portraits free of charge on October 30 and 31.

For more information about senior photo submissions go to:
You’re invited to join for one last farewell performance for the AAHS Auditorium on Saturday, May 30, 2020.  Hindsight 2020 will take the audience through the 45 year history of shows performed in the current auditorium. This cabaret-style show will feature solos and duets/small group numbers from over the years. Two full group numbers – one opening number featuring all alumni and one closing number combining alumni and current the current AAHS cast of this year’s musical Joseph will also be included.  AAHS alumni who were part of past shows, including tech crew members, are invited to participate.  

To register or for more information go to:

First home football game is Friday, September 6. We will honor three women soldiers as our honorary captains. Get your tickets soon!
Mansion Park Stadium Reminder

For the safety and security of all those attending events at Mansion Park Stadium, the following rules will be followed:

  1. No backpacks permitted in the stadium
  2. No footballs, balls, frisbees, etc. may be brought into the stadium
  3. All bags are subject to search
  4. AASD is a Tobacco Free Zone, no smoking or tobacco use of any kind is permitted
  5. No weapons are permitted inside the stadium
Parents are encouraged to monitor their child's behavior when attending football games.

Please understand these safety measures are in place in order to ensure a safe and enjoyable environment for all spectators and athletes.